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Strong speakers assembled for “Talking Embryos”

Friday 15 September 2006

Strong speakers assembled for “Talking Embryos”

A strong list of speakers has been assembled to address a public meeting in Wellingtonon the issues of using Human Embryos for research in New Zealand.

The seminar, “Talking Embryos” will be chaired by former Radio New Zealandbroadcaster, Linda Clark. Members of the public will hear Professor Sylvia Rumball, chair of the Advisory Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technology (ACART), Dr Marewa Glover, Dr Richard Faull, Dr Ruth Fitzgerald and Professor Mark Henaghan and will be invited to share their thoughts on the subject.

The seminar is designed to introduce people to the range of different values and perspectives human embryo research provokes. The aim is to encourage people to enter into ‘dialogue’ and conversation with family, friends and colleagues on this important topic. The public seminar is the first in New Zealandto focus specifically on the cultural, ethical and spiritual aspects of embryo research.

In many other countries, human embryos are either donated or created specifically for research purposes.

The Bioethics Council – Toi te Taiao invites members of the public to register to attend the evening seminar, to be held in the Renouf Foyer of the Michael Fowler Centre, Monday 25th September, from 5.30pmuntil 8.30pm. There is no charge for the event and refreshments will be available.


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